‘The musical heritage here feels very strong’: meet David Austin Grey

As our latest Achieve Your Greatness programme gets moving with two new primary schools in Birmingham this month, I stole a few moments with our newest workshop leader pianist and composer David Austin Grey … Jennie: This is your first AYG workshop, though you’ve worked extensively in education in the past. What are you expecting,…

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When sorry seems to be the hardest word

We have lots of really good news ready to share with you: some lovely funders have come on board this year and we’re looking forward to announcing their support and expanding Achieve Your Greatness, our arts education programme for disadvantaged young people. Our board of trustees is moving and shaking as we look ahead towards…

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FRONTWOMAN FOR MADAM, SUKIE SMITH ON HOW NOT WAITING TO BE PICKED IS THE KEY TO ARTISTIC SUCCESS

Sukie Smith is a classically trained actress who studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She began her acting career working with Nic Roeg (The Witches), Mike Newell (A Summer Story), and on improvised/collaborative films such as Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvy’ and with Neil Hunter & Tom Hunsinger (Lawless Heart). Sukie moved…

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FROM THE SHETLANDS ISLES TO LONDON VIA BIRMINGHAM: INTRODUCING SAXOPHONIST RACHAEL COHEN

Rachael Cohen a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation. Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained her a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. The Rachael Cohen Quartet will be performing at the Abram Wilson Foundation’s Fifth Anniversary Celebrations on May…

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CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH TRUSTEE SHARAN JASWAL

We’re incredibly lucky to work with a huge number of badass women across the Abram Wilson Foundation (AWF), from our mentees to volunteers to collaborators. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, we thought it was only fit to put the spotlight on one of these awesome women – our superstar trustee Sharan Jaswal. Sharan is…

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ROUNDUP OF 2016 – WHAT A YEAR!

We couldn’t finish off the year without some sort of roundup of what went down in 2016, which suffice to say was A LOT. We basically lost our shizzle one way or another with everything that used to be expected and certain becoming the complete opposite. But there’s nothing like a good shake up to…

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MARINA MANSILLA HERMANN: WHY I BECAME AN ABRAM WILSON FOUNDATION TRAILBLAZER

Marina Mansilla Hermann is a young social entrepreneur specialising in the fields of youth leadership, environment and education. She is the founder of TierraVida (www.fundaciontierravida.org), a youth-empowerment non-profit based in Argentina with the mission to activate young people as environmental leaders in their communities. She currently manages Ashoka’s Changemaker Education and Changemaker Schools network across…

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